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City of Rushville adopts new Comprehensive Plan

CityBy Kate Thurston, Reporter/Photographer for Rushville Republican.

Tuesday night before city council, there was a public hearing on the comprehensive plan for Rush County.

The plan was completed and adopted at the meeting.

Cory Daly with HWC Engineering along with Scott Burgins of SDG spoke to the council and those who attended.

“Over the last 12 months or so, we have went over the plan. This has really been a publicly fed process. When you look at how this was structured, it was led by a steering committee. This community held the entire process together and hung together throughout all the meetings. Beyond the steering committee, the most important thing to think about is how it was a publicly driven process. This plan is a guide for the city with short and long term goals. There are two basic fundamental questions that were asked,” Daly said. “‘What do you want to change and what do you want to protect?’ The comprehensive plan is a guiding document, but that does not mean you have to do what it says. This plan reflects the public’s opinion and what they want to see happening down the road. It is important to remember this was a community driven process. There were a series of public meetings and we tried to include as many people as possible during the process.”

The plan conducted a survey between March and April to get feedback from the community. Information was collected through a public survey, steering committee workshops, focus group workshops, individual stakeholder interviews, public meetings, community website and press releases.

“The public survey was a main catalyst for some of the big decisions that were made. Rushville can pat themselves on the back because there were over 1,000 responses for the survey. This showed many people were interested and wanted to see this happen. This helped give people some say and speak their opinion. We found that overall agriculture is a large identifier of the community and community growth was essentially important along with improving existing neighborhoods. We also heard quite a bit about downtown and what it could be along with the small businesses. Long story short, we found people really love Rushville. People also thought that there needed to be better opportunities in Rushville.”

Mayor Mike Pavey commented, stating the plan was a great way to start making improvements.

“We can take a lot from the plan,” Pavey stated. “There are many items we can work on, starting with short term. The plan helps because we can work at our own pace and it does act as a road map to reach our goals. We would like to start on some of our short term goals right away.”

RUSHVILLE awarded Blight Elimination Grant! This is great news; supports Economic Development efforts.

Great news for the City of Rushville. $230,000 to help clean up our neighborhoods. Congratulations Mayor Pavey and all of your staff who helped to put this successful grant application together. One more step to building a stronger Rushville and Rush County.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann today announced two rounds of awards from Indiana’s Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program (BEP). The 23 successful Indiana applicants from Divisions Five and Six received a combined total of nearly $12 million to help prevent avoidable foreclosures by eliminating blighted and abandoned homes in those communities through the BEP.

The 18 successful Division Five applicants receiving awards totaling $8.2 million include:

Cass County:
-The City of Logansport – $925,000
-The Town of Walton – $25,000
Clay County:
-The City of Brazil – $215,000
Daviess County:
-The City of Washington – $459,000
DeKalb County:
-The City of Auburn – $100,000
-The City of Garrett – $75,000
-The Town of Waterloo – $236,000
Henry County:
-The City of New Castle – $700,000
Jackson County:
-The City of Seymour – $72,000
Knox County:
-The City of Bicknell – $415,000
-The City of Vincennes – $390,000
Miami County:
-The City of Peru – $813,000
Shelby County:
-The City of Shelbyville – $304,000
Greene County – $945,000
Gibson County – $1,440,000
Posey County – $617,000
Noble County/The City of Kendallville – $487,000

The 11 successful Division Six applicants receiving awards totaling $3.7 million include:

Blackford County:
-City of Dunkirk (Jay/Blackford) – $176,000
-City of Hartford City – $507,000
-City of Montpelier – $61,000
Carroll County:
-City of Delphi – $68,000
Fayette County:
-City of Connersville – $125,000
Ohio County:
-City of Rising Sun – $161,000
Rush County:
-City of Rushville – $230,000
Spencer County:
-Town of Richland City – $144,000
Starke County:
-City of Knox – $187,000
Pulaski County – $147,000
Sullivan County – $1,914,000

“The cities and towns receiving nearly $12 million in BEP funds for Divisions Five and Six will be able to demolish over 550 blighted properties, which will stabilize property values and help prevent foreclosures for neighboring homeowners,” said Lt. Governor Ellspermann. “The recipients, with the help of their program partners, will be able to provide much needed revitalization in their communities.”

These local governments and their non-profit partners are the successful applicants in the fifth and sixth rounds of the BEP. The BEP provides an opportunity for local units of government in all 92 Indiana counties to compete for a total of $75 million available for blight elimination funding to prevent avoidable foreclosures through the removal of blighted, vacant and abandoned homes.

“Cities across Indiana have been struggling with the damaging effects caused by vacant and blighted properties and will soon see the benefits of these federal funds,” said Sarah Bloom Raskin, Treasury Deputy Secretary. “Removing blighted properties is important in the fight to reduce foreclosures and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the State of Indiana to help stabilize hardest hit communities.”

The BEP funds are drawn from the $221.7 million in Hardest Hit Funds allocated to Indiana. In February 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury approved the use of $75 million of Indiana’s Hardest Hit Funds by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) for successful BEP applicants. The partnership between IHCDA and Treasury allows for funding to eliminate blighted properties and offers a variety of end uses for the newly cleared parcels, such as green space or redevelopment.

“We’re excited about with the neighborhood-enhancing projects scheduled to take place around the state,” said Mark Neyland, IHCDA Director of Asset Preservation, who manages Indiana’s Hardest Hit Fund Program. “This program will assist scores of Indiana communities in their efforts to prevent avoidable foreclosures and keep property values stable for many years to come.”

The State of Indiana is divided into six funding divisions. The first round application deadlines have closed for all six divisions. Second rounds are currently open in Divisions Three through Six. Lt. Governor Ellspermann previously announced awards for successful applicants in Division One on May 22, 2014, Division Two applicants on June 26, Division Three applicants on July 24 and Division Four on August 28.

IHCDA estimates that approximately 4,000 blighted and/or abandoned homes in Indiana will be eliminated through the Blight Elimination Program. Visit to learn more.

Source: Office of Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann

RUSHVILLE / RUSH COUNTY visited by Senator Donnelly

The Rush County ECDC was excited and honored to have U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly stop by our office yesterday.  We had the opportunity to visit with Senator Donnelly for more than a half hour.  We discussed issues that are important for Rushville and Rush County and ways where we could partner with the federal government to bring these projects to fruition.  Thank you Senator Donnelly for taking the time to listen.

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RUSHVILLE wins 2014 Primacy of Place Community Award!

Building Better Communities (BBC), the outreach and engagement division at Ball State University, announced Thursday that the Riverside Park Amphitheater in Rushville is one of four recipients of the 2014 Primacy of Place Community Awards. The awards, presented at an awards ceremony luncheon at the Minnetrista Cultural Center in Muncie, recognize Indiana communities’ exemplary approaches to improving quality of life for their residents, visitors, and businesses. Fellow winners include Big Four Bridge and Big Four Station in Jeffersonville, Nickel Plate Arts Initiative in eastern Hamilton/southern Tipton counties and the Read to Succeed program in Greater Lafayette/Tippecanoe County.”Riverside Park is an extraordinary venue for our community that brings local people together and people from out of town, who come here and enjoy our community, spend their money. And when one considers the fact that the venue was built with very little taxpayer dollars and that the shows are put on every year without a penny of taxpayers dollars, it is an amazing thing that our community has come together for a common cause. It is humbling that Ball State and Building Better Communities recognized that we are doing something great here,” ECDC Executive Director John McCane said. “A community’s investment in quality-of-place is one of the top-drivers of economic development within that community,” Bill Davis, executive director of Indiana’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs, one of the organizations partnering with Ball State to present the awards, said. “It helps attract a talented workforce as well as cultivate increased interest for new businesses to move to the community. These communities are among those that are truly focused on determining their economic futures.” The city of Rushville (pop. 6,204) was recognized for its Riverside Park Amphitheater and free summer concert series, which has hosted more than 65,000 concert-goers over the last five years. – See more at:

RUSHVILLE named finalist in Primacy of Place Award!

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Building Better Communities (BBC), the outreach and engagement division at Ball State University, today announced nine finalists of the 2014 Primacy of Place Community Awards Program (PoPCAP.)

The program, launched in 2013 by BBC and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, recognizes Indiana communities making innovative strides in improving quality of life for residents, visitors and businesses.

Finalists will be honored at the Primacy of Place Community Awards Luncheon on Aug. 7 at Minnetrista in Muncie. Winners will be announced and receive an original award designed by artists in Ball State’s Marilyn K Glick Center for Glass, a 30-second promotional video highlighting the winning community’s dedication to primacy of place efforts and two complimentary tickets to the 2014 Primacy of Place Conference on Oct. 16 in Indianapolis.

The 2014 finalists are:

City of Rushville (Population 6,204): Each summer since 2005, Rushville has offered a free concert series at its Riverside Park Amphitheater, featuring a diverse lineup of local, regional, nation and international performers. The amphitheater has hosted more than 65,450 concert-goers, with up to 40 percent coming from out of town.

City of Madison (Population 12,049): More than 100 churches, nonprofits and social service organizations have come together to create “the Clearinghouse,” a one-stop service center for southeastern Indiana families in need of services. The facility includes office space, classroom and multipurpose rooms, a computer lab and information referral center.

City of Jasper (Population 15,309): The Jasper Downtown + Riverfront Master Plan sets forth strategies for redevelopment and reinforces – and celebrates – Jasper’s unique character and inherent strengths. It builds on the cherished assets of Jasper to attract and keep the next generation of citizens.

Perry County (Population 19,558): The Perry County Quality of Life Committee was formed to enhance perceived and actual quality of life for residents and visitors. The committee focuses on walking and biking trails, beautification efforts, shopping and natural highlights, and festivals and special events including a New Year’s Eve celebration, Silvesternacht.

City of Westfield (Population 33,382): The city hopes to establish a flagship recreational venue, niche industry and economic development anchor for future growth with the completion of the $35 million sports campus at Grand Park. This facility will include 400 acres with 31 soccer/multipurpose fields, 26 baseball/softball diamonds, and 10 miles of interconnected walking trails.

City of Jeffersonville (Population 45,929): Jeffersonville has dedicated substantial efforts and resources to open the Big Four Bridge connecting the city to Louisville, Ky., across the Ohio River for walkers, joggers and bicyclists. In addition to downtown revitalization, Jeffersonville will unveil Big Four Station, a new $5 million park at the foot of the bridge, in October.

City of Lafayette (Population 70,373): MatchBOX Coworking Studio is a co-working space in downtown Lafayette for entrepreneurs, strategists and artists interested in starting or growing businesses. The space, created with help from more than 20 community and corporate partners, offers 24-hour secure access, complimentary refreshments, flexible space, conference rooms and Internet.

Eastern Hamilton/Southern Tipton Counties (Population about 150,000): Nickel Plate Arts supports, promotes and provides outstanding arts experiences in the six communities along the historic Nickel Plate Railroad. The group works to integrate visual and performing arts, support local professional artists, and connect communities, artists and residents.

Greater Lafayette/Tippecanoe County (Population 180,174): Lafayette’s Read to Succeed program motivated hundreds of community volunteers to spend one hour per week in local classrooms helping third-grade children develop and enhance essential literacy skills.

The PoPCAP awards are one part of Ball State’s Primacy of Place initiative to help Indiana communities put human interests at the center of economic development by nurturing wellness, happiness and prosperity. The initiative’s website ( includes best practice resources for community leaders in six key areas: arts integration, educational excellence, community design, community well-being, municipal governance and readiness for change.

RUSHVILLE featured in Ball State Primacy of Place 10 in 10 series

RUSHVILLE: Build It and They Will Come

Rushville, Indiana (Pop. 6,341)

10 in 10 weeks - RushvilleAfter attending a music festival in a neighboring community, then city councilman (now Rushville mayor) Mike Pavey asked, “Why can’t we do that in Rushville?”  In less than six months, Pavey and other Rushville residents mobilized Rushville city government, businesses and residents to build an outdoor amphitheater and host a summer series of concerts.  Since the first concert in the summer of 2005, the amphitheater has hosted more than 65,450 concert-goers at 57 concerts featuring a diverse line-up of local, regional, national and international performers, including John Waite and The Georgia Satellites.  This year, Rushville will host the 80’s power pop/new wave band “The Romantics.”

Rushville went from concept to implementation in six months, which begs the question, “how did they do it?” Location was an important factor, and Rushville had the perfect place.  Riverside Park has a colorful history of providing racing entertainment – from horse and pony to dirt-track automobiles – for Rush County residents, out-of-town visitors and even famed 3-time Indy 500 winner Walter Shaw.  With the land secure, the Riverside Park Organizing Committee (RPOC) was formed to secure time, resources and commitment from local residents and businesses to make the amphitheater a reality.

One of the biggest concerns was money – city coffers were limited and skepticism was high. Through perseverance and dedication, RPOC members ignited a vision that caught flame throughout the community. Committee members designed the amphitheater as a replica of the South Main Street Covered Bridge, which had been located nearby. Emerald Group Construction supervised and oversaw the assembly at no cost.  Local businesses donated money and labor.  Individual Rushville residents picked up hammers and went to work.  These efforts resulted in minimal taxpayer dollars being spent. The crew was united by the mantra, “Build it and they will come.”

Photo provided by RushvilleAnd come they have.  In addition to thousands of concert-goers each summer, the amphitheater has drawn a variety of individual and business sponsors who help to keep the series free.  Vendors provide refreshments and a beer-garden for the over 21 crowd.  The amphitheater also is home to other events such as wedding receptions, class reunions, car shows and non-profit fundraisers.  The success of the facility has led to further development of Riverside Park, including a haunted hayride and new walking trails that support Rush County’s wellness efforts.

Today, the Riverside Park Organizing Committee continues to “stimulate, promote, preserve and expand social, historic, cultural and economic well-being through music and arts” in Rushville. The success of this project has bred further volunteerism and pride in the community, and the number of sponsors and supporters continues to grow.  Rushville has demonstrated what passion, dedication and collaboration can accomplish in an Indiana town.

For more information about the Rushville Amphitheater, visit the Facebook page or contact Carolyn Bunzendahl, Rush County Economic & Community Development Corporation. Additional best practice resources can be found on Ball State’s Primacy of Place website.

Be sure to check out the 2014 Riverside Park Amphitheater Concert Series: 
Saturday, June 21: Dirty Deeds – Extreme AC/DC
Saturday, June 28: Indiana Legend – Carl Storie
Saturday, July 12: Southern Country
Saturday, July 26: The Purple Xperience (featuring Doctor Fink of Prince and The Revolution)
Saturday, August 2: Satisfaction (The International Rolling Stones Show)
Saturday, August 16: The Romantics
Saturday, September 20: The RAILERS

Progress being made at the North Industrial Park!

Watch this site often or check us out on Facebook (Rush County ECDC) to monitor construction progress at the North Industrial Park.  Water, sewer, roads, redundant fiber soon. This is a project of the city of Rushville / Rushville Redevelopment Commission. General contractor for the project is King’s Trucking and Excavation; Butler, Fairman & Seufert is the on-site engineer.  Project is being funded by local dollars and a federal  EDA grant. Target date for completion is November 2014.

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INTAT to expand operations; create 40 new jobs by 2016

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INTAT Precision, Inc., a leader in automotive component manufacturing, has announced its intentions to expand its operations in Rushville, Indiana, creating up to 40 new jobs by 2016. At a meeting hosted by the Rush County Economic & Community Development Corporation, leadership from INTAT announced their plans to develop a new manufacturing process at their Rushville facility. INTAT manufactures brake, chassis, and power train components for the automotive industry, primarily serving Toyota.

The company, which is a subsidiary of Japan-based Aisin Group Companies, will invest $22.7 million into its Rushville operations. During its first phase of growth, INTAT will renovate and equip its 375,000 square foot production facility to produce structural steel parts for the automotive industry, which Aisin is currently manufacturing in Japan. This will be the first time this process has been done in the United States. Within the next two years the company plans to construct a new 50,000 square-foot facility to house the expanded operations.

“INTAT is excited to bring this new production process into the Rushville operation which will generate job opportunities”, said Brad Rist, Vice President. He added that this is the result of the level of performance that has been achieved at the Rushville operation. “Our operation has really stepped up to meet several challenges the last few years and we have demonstrated a confidence internally that made the decision to expand here the best choice. We believe that this decision coincides with a spirit of good things to come to the Rushville community. We are excited to be a part of it.”

“This is an extraordinary and exciting day for our city. INTAT is a remarkable corporate citizen in our community,” said Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey. “We are especially thrilled because this is a new product line being introduced into North America. Rushville competed and won out over other potential sites, and I think this shows Rushville is creating a competitive environment for job creation and is poised for future growth. Further, I think this shows that our strategy of concentrating on growth related to our existing businesses is working.”

With its growth, the company plans to add three production lines in Rushville, which will require supplementing its manufacturing floor with new die quench presses that produce structural steel parts that are stronger, lighter and cheaper than traditional processes. INTAT is a recipient of multiple “Excellent Quality Performance” Awards from Toyota, as well as the Supplier Quality award from Subaru of Indiana Automotive.

Rushville competed with sites from other states to secure this new operation. It is the belief of the Rush County ECDC that this development illustrates the proactive efforts to make Rush County a great place to develop and grow business and industry.

“The city and county leadership in our community have invested deeply into creating an environment that is pro-business,” said John McCane, Executive Director of the Rush County ECDC. “Just 18 months ago, INTAT commenced with a major expansion, adding a third line to their manufacturing process and more than 50 new jobs. Today’s announcement goes to galvanize INTAT’s commitment to our community, and highlights why INTAT is and will continue to be a dominant player in the automotive industry.”

INTAT, which currently employs approximately 350 full-time Indiana associates, plans to begin hiring for the first expansion phase of 30 positions by December, 2014. Interested applicants may apply at the Rushville WorkOne office or online at

“Japanese businesses are on the rise in Indiana, with Hoosiers enjoying an upsurge in growth and investment from these companies in all corners of the state,” said Eric Doden, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “Indiana is proud to be a state that works for their investment, with a business climate that promotes growth and job creation. As our largest Asian trading partner, it is evident that Indiana’s bond with Japan is strong and only growing stronger.”
Japan-based companies find it easy to do business in Indiana. Just last week, INTAT’s sister companies Aisin Chemical Indiana and Aisin Drivetrain announced plans to invest $45.35 million into their Crothersville operations, together creating up to 74 jobs in the coming years. This follows Governor Pence’s jobs and economic development mission to Japan last year, where he met with executives from Aisin and learned about Aisin’s 10 companies and nine operations across the Hoosier State.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered INTAT Precision, Inc. up to $400,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Rushville will consider additional incentives at the request of the Rush County Economic and Community Development Corporation.